TERRAIN VAGUE, PROPERTY, FREE SPACE: THE IDEAL OF A COMMON SPACE
MONTIJO -A CASE STUDY IN THE CENTRE OF THE LISBON LAGOON-AREA 2020

TERRAIN VAGUE, PROPERTY, FREE SPACE: THE IDEAL OF A COMMON SPACE
MONTIJO -A CASE STUDY IN THE CENTRE OF THE LISBON LAGOON-AREA 2020

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133

There have always been wastelands. History condemns them as a loss of man’s power over nature, but are they not the blank pages we need?
(Clement, 2007)
This Paper intends to present and discuss the most relevant data from the ongoing project for the reconfiguration and preservation of Esteiro do Montijo. From the intensive observation with multidisciplinary, institutional and informal contributions, we cross the cartographic data with the characterization of the successive occupations, for a specific and permanent attention on its environmental, historical and type-morphological components.
This work phase builds a large map which fits all scales openly
 and with overlaps. To observe and operate in this way enables the inclusion of manifestations with a spectre as ample as it is diverse: a planned action that can accommodate the unpredictable and the ruin, old industries with new typologies- new uses, open systems between the natural and the artificial.
Thus, we will be closer to presenting more specific and complex manners of action upon the place and to invoking the best references of the cities’ culture as a critical and theoretical support.
The relationship between environmental reserve, public urban land and the informality generated in the collective space's strongholds, are the public matter whose characterization will be one of the objects of this study.
The space of the common has no limits, as Nuno Portas has taught us: “From the viewpoint of urban architecture, there can be no building that does not make the city, that is, there is no typology that is not, by structure, penetrated by an urban morphology.”(PORTAS 1969)
We believe in this discovery of the existing matter: a garden, a building, a path, a root, a memory that can be cherished and included in the effort for reframing a place made of everyday impulses.
How to include the relevant data of sociability found in these “spaces of impunity”:A contribution from architecture to a new ecology of places

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Rui Mendes

ISCTE-IUL DINÂMIA`CET

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Rui Mendes

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Preferred Track

3. Terrain vague redevelopments

Second Preferred Track

5. Methods and technologies on architectural design and urban planning

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